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Russian TV Anchor Comes Out as Gay On the Air, Gets Fired

Anton Krasovsky (above) spoke to CNN this week

Russian anchor Anton Krasovsky was fired for coming out on live TV earlier this year.

“I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” he said.

According to an interview with Snob.ru, Krasovsky was reportedly fired from KontrTV, a government-backed cable network  in December, and the footage of his announcement was quickly deleted from KontrTV’s website and YouTube.

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Krasovsky was also a founder of the cable network.

“Somebody should do it,” he told CNN earlier this week. “I decided it’s time to be open for me. That’s it.”

While the anchor’s firing happened earlier this year, his story is grabbing the attention of the media now that Russia’s antigay law has passed and is being strictly enforced.

“They immediately blocked all my corporative accounts, my email. Literally immediately, overnight,” Krasovsky told Snob.ru. “They deleted not only my face from the website, but also all of my TV shows, as if I’d never really existed.”

He said after making the announcement toward the end of his newscast,  the audience and the crew applauded.

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